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YCE: Jak and Jil

Tommy Ton has built up a huge following on his blog as a skilled fashion paparazzi.

The fashion paparazzi is on the rise and Tommy Ton, 25 is leading the pack, having already shot an ad campaign for Hong Kong department store Lane Crawford. Ton stalks the streets of New York, London, Milan and Paris during fashion weeks and can spy a pair of S/S 09 Pierre Hardys a mile away, recognise the fashion editor in question and snap the perfect shoe porn shot that then gets uploaded onto his traffic-heavy blog Jak and Jil for fans to swoon over. “I guess it's my eye and how I capture my subjects that makes me stand out from other streetstyle photographers.”

Name a person or organisation that shares your DIY ethos, and explain why?
I keep telling people that I'm like the fashion paparazzi, so I guess you could compare my DIY ethos to the paparazzi. I learned from them to not over analyze every shot and to just snap away.  That method somehow delivers the results that I get.  It's never contrived and what I'm capturing is my reality during fashion week

Do you think the recession has helped or hindered your creativity? Why?
I wouldn't think so. I live in such a bubble that I really don't let what's happening in the world effect what I'm doing and how I think.  It's kind of sad that fashion is my life and everything revolves around it and nothing else exists. If the recession affected my creativity, then I guess I wouldn't be able to call myself an artist would I?

Music for a revolution - what song sums up your attitude?
This may sound like a corny choice but I'd have to say 'Everybody wants to rule the world' by Tears for Fears would best sum up my attitude. I find it to be the most optimistic and liberating song.  It gives me hope and brings a smile to my face when I listen to it.

What other period inspires you the most, and why?
At the moment, I find myself quite inspired and obsessed with the period of fashion from 2000 - 2005.  It was during these years that I found that designers like Helmut Lang and Nicolas Ghesquiere of Balenciaga were at their most radical. Their concepts were modern and non-referential unlike their peers. Their ad campaigns too at the time were a perfect fusion of art and fashion.

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